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wo FBI agents whose communications with Meta resulted in the social media company’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story were donors of the Democrat Party, records show.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, the parent company of Facebook, told Joe Rogan in late August that the company actively reduced the reach of social media posts about the laptop of Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s son, in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, adding that the move was in response to a general advisory from the FBI for Facebook staffers to be vigilant for Russian propaganda before the election.
Laura Dehmlow and Elvis Chan were later identified by Meta as the FBI officials who were “involved in the communications between the FBI and Meta that led to Facebook’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story,” according to an amended complaint (pdf) filed on Oct. 6. Dehmlow serves as the unit chief for the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), and Chan is the head of the FBI’s San Francisco cyber division.
Campaign finance records on the Federal Election Commission website show that both Dehmlow and Chan have contributed to the Democrat Party. In particular, Dehmlow donated a total of $60 to the Democratic National Committee in 2020, and Chan donated $50 each to Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) ahead of their runoff election in November 2020.
News of the FBI agents’ donations to the Democrats comes amid longstanding concerns of political bias in the domestic security service. GOP lawmakers have previously alleged that the FBI shut down an investigation into alleged crimes by Hunter Biden over allegations of disinformation by Democrat lawmakers.